5 Common Pregnancy Discomforts You May Experience

Pregnancy isn’t always comfortable or easy! HARTMANN Direct walk us through common pregnancy discomforts and the suggestions that other mums have of alleviating them.      I.        Incontinence Surging hormones in early pregnancy affect the pelvic floor muscle. This is the muscle that is the floor of your abdomen. It runs from the front of your body by the pubic bone to the base of your spine. A strong pelvic floor muscle means you can control when you urinate and is {Read More}

A Simple Guide to Getting a Mortgage

While the property market may have experienced almost unprecedented growth until recently, there’s little doubt that the current generation of first-time buyers face an incredible struggle to get on the property ladder. Not only this, but a recent Aegon study found that around 70% of UK homeowners will still be paying off their existing mortgage when they’re 70, highlighting the challenges that exist when owing residential real estate. Still, those aspiring to buy a home would probably love to have {Read More}

Positive and Accessible Changes to Your Lifestyle

Recently there has been a call for the government to develop more accessible and inclusive homes to meet the national demand. With around 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK alone, this campaign is more relevant than ever. If you’re a wheelchair user or live in a household with one, there are a few things you can change to make life easier. Here are some adjustments you can make to guarantee a more accessible and wheelchair-friendly home: Home Improvements   {Read More}

Stikets Name Labels : Review

The end of term is approaching and that means only one thing for parents – new school uniform. At some point over the summer holidays you will no doubt be ordering or buying new school uniform for your children because they’ve either outgrown, lost or simply ruined the expensive logo embroidered uniform you have to buy. Sometimes you can’t help having to buy new items, especially as children seem to grow so quickly but if you’re replacing items that have {Read More}

How to Create a Stress-Free Home Environment

Do you sometimes feel that your home isn’t quite the relaxing and tranquil home that you long for? Most people want to come home from a busy day and relax in a stress-free home. If your home is chaotic, you might not be able to do this and instead you’ll find it exacerbates any stress levels you already have. Sloane and Sons have created a handy guide to creating a Stress-Free Home with Feng Shui – an ancient Chinese art. {Read More}

Encouraging Young Children to Study

Getting young children excited about learning can be a difficult task, especially when there are so many other distractions. However, encouraging good study habits from a young age will make further and higher learning much easier for your children, giving them a head start for their education. Set a Routine Once your child starts school, put together a schedule that encourages study-time in the evening and when they start having work sent home from school, the time can be used {Read More}

Infant Colic

If your baby has ever suffered with colic, you will know just how stressful a time it can be; in fact you might feel like you’re never going to get out of the cycle of having a screaming baby. Infacol have created a study called Stress in the First Six Months and it highlighted that 95% of parents find having a baby stressful and having three makes the balancing act that much harder. “With three children, you don’t have time {Read More}

How I manage our time after the school run!

I’ve always found managing the children’s schedule and getting things done stressful after the children get home from nursery/school. In fact, it’s the main reason I reduced my part time hours even further. Last year I relied so heavily on my mum to pick up my children from the childminder and school, take them home and give them dinner three days a week. I’d usually get in around 5:30pm and try to get them to do some reading and spellings {Read More}

Moving Home Checklist

Have you ever moved home? If you have, I’m sure you’ll agree it can be one of the most stressful things you can do which is why Rattan Direct have come up with a home owners checklist to help you out. There are several aspects you may need to consider including preparing for a move. Moving always takes more time than you initially think so considering the timescale you have, especially if you have a set date you need to {Read More}

10 C-Section Myths that Need to Stop

There are many myths that still circulate around pregnancy and birth but when it comes to caesarean sections, there are many more. HARTMANN Direct take an objective look at these myths and why they are untrue. Myth 1: C-Sections aren’t birth Cruel and unnecessary, this myth places women in a position where they feel their pregnancy and birth are less than one which has resulted in a vaginal birth. C-sections are often unplanned and a solution to issues during labour {Read More}